Woke up this morning, there was a chill in the air…
We’ve got more than 10,000 kids at the park today for another one of those WKYC Weather Education Days. I hope the kids are learning a valuable lesson about global cooling, because summer has already ended here in Cleveland.
Did you somehow miss summer? It arrived Monday, about noonish, and ended around 6:30 p.m. Now we’re firmly entrenched in the fall. This absence of summer will be murder on your heating costs, but think how much money you’ll save on pool upkeep.
Speaking of absence, Travis Hafner is once again out of the lineup, as expected. He told reporters he had a cortisone injection to treat his injured right shoulder on Tuesday. Hafner said weakness, not soreness, is the main problem with the shoulder. But he said this is only an issue when it flares up and hasn’t been a day to day concern this season. He thinks the cortisone shot will allow him to play Friday and prevent him from having to go on the disabled list.
You can’t help but wonder if a stay on the DL might be good for the man known as Pronk. If nothing else, it would allow him to go to Buffalo for a couple weeks to regain some confidence in his swing. I guess we’ll know more Friday, when the Indians open a brutal 11-game roadie in K.C.
In the meantime, here are the lineups for today’s chilly series finale with the White Sox…
INDIANS (24-28): CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, RF Ben Francisco, C Victor Martinez, LF David Dellucci, SS Jhonny Peralta, DH Michael Aubrey, 1B Casey Blake, 3B Andy Marte. RHP Jake Westbrook makes his return to the rotation.
WHITE SOX (28-23): SS Orlando Cabrera, C A.J. Pierzynski, LF Carlos Quentin, RF Jermaine Dye, DH Jim Thome, 1B Paul Konerko, CF DeWayne Wise, 3B Joe Crede, 2B Alexei Ramirez. RHP Gavin Floyd.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- So, official scorer Chuck Murr said that bizarre sixth-inning sequence in which the Indians were awarded a triple steal last night is holding up because of a quirk in the rule book. The triple steal began with Jamey Carroll getting picked off second and was only made possible because of Paul Konerko’s botched throw home to nab David Dellucci. Anyway, the last triple steal was pulled off by the Braves on Oct. 1, 1987, in Houston. In that instance, the runner from third broke for home after the Houston catcher tossed the ball bag to the mound, and all other runners advanced.
- RHP Adam Miller had surgery performed on the middle finger of his throwing hand Tuesday in Baltimore. His status for the remainder of the year is still not known. We plan to talk to head trainer Lonnie Soloff after today’s game. If he gives us a Miller update, I’ll have it on the site.
- Aaron Laffey’s 1.59 ERA is the lowest in the AL since April 17. He is still 13 innings short of qualifying for the AL ERA lead.
- LHP Jeremy Sowers improved to 3-3 last night with a win over Toledo in which he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Sowers has a 2.18 ERA in nine starts. Josh Barfield went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and a double in the win.
- Barfield has been heating up at the plate this month at Buffalo, and Asdrubal Cabrera remains cold as can be up here. But Wedge said before Tuesday’s game that Cabrera brings so much to the table defensively that that outweighs his offensive struggles. Then Cabrera went out and made two errors against the Sox. Go figure.
- Last night’s win was the 8,500th in the history of the franchise.